Level Descriptors 2019-11-11T14:36:28+00:00

Level Descriptors

Purpose

The level  qualifies Individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice

Knowledge

Graduates at this level will have:

  • A substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution

Substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice.
  • Cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge
  • Expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning
  • Communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions
  • Communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community

Expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorize and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With intellectual independence
  • With initiative and creativity in new situations &/or for further learning
  • With full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs
  • To plan and execute original research

With the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge in the context of professional practice

Minimum Admission Requirements

Master degree

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is:

3600 Hours or 360 Credits or a minimum of 3 Years

Purpose

The level qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for research and scholarship and as a pathway for further learning

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice

Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • Communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorize about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills:

  • With creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • With high level personal autonomy and accountability

To plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship

Minimum Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree with at least 480 credit in a qualification of KNQF level 7 in relevant study area

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is:

2400 Hours or 240 Credits or a minimum of 2 Years

Purpose

The level qualifies individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional or highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  will have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
  • Cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
  • Specialized technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
  • Communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts

Communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • To make high level, independent judgments in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialized contexts.
  • To initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialized technical and/or creative contexts

With responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters

Minimum Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree with 480 credits in relevant subjects area or equivalent prior learning experience and / or a qualification in relevant subject area or 600 credits after KNQF level 2

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is

1200 Hours or 120 Credits or 1 Year after level 7

OR 600 credits after level 2

Purpose

The level qualifies individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as a pathway for research and further learning

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  will have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
  • Cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgment in developing new understanding
  • Technical skills to design and use research in a project

Communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With initiative and judgment in professional practice and/or scholarship
  • To adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
  • With responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters

To plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence

Minimum Admission Requirements

KCSE C+ or equivalent or A level two principals and 1 subsidiary or equivalent in relevant subjects or CPA II/CPS II/CIPS II or equivalent for commerce and art and should have attained an aggregate of C- (minus) in KCSE or O-level division III or completion of KNQF 6.

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is:

4800 Hours or 480 Credits or a minimum of 4 Years after level 2

OR 240 credits after level 6

Purpose

The level qualifies individuals who apply specialized knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  will have specialized and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge with depth within one or more fields of work and learning

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesize and act on information from a range of sources
  • Cognitive and communication skills to transfer knowledge and skills to others and to demonstrate understanding of specialized knowledge with depth in some areas
  • Cognitive and communication skills to formulate responses to complex problems

Wide-ranging specialized technical, creative or conceptual skills to express ideas and perspectives

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With depth in areas of specialization, in contexts subject to change
  • With initiative and judgment in planning, design, technical or management functions with some direction
  • To adapt a range of fundamental principles and complex techniques to known and unknown situations

Across a broad range of technical or management functions with accountability for personal outputs and personal and team outcomes within broad parameters

Minimum Admission Requirements

KCSE C- (Minus) or KCE division III, KACE 1 Principal and 1 Subsidiary or an  equivalent qualification or KNQF 5

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is:

2400 Hours or 240 Credits or a minimum of 2 Years after level 2

OR 120 credits after level 5

Purpose

The level qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or professional work and as a pathway for further learning

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  will have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in someareas within a field of work and learning

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesize and act on information from a range of sources
  • Cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
  • Specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives

Communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialized skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • To transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
  • With personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality

With initiative and judgment to organize the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well-defined parameters

Minimum Admission Requirements

KCSE D (plain), KCE Div. III or equivalent qualifications or completion of KNQF level 4

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is:

1200 Hours or 120 Credits or a minimum of 1 Year after level 2

OR 60 credits after level 4

Purpose

The level qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  will have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesize and act on information from a range of sources
  • Cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
  • Specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives

Communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialized skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • To transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
  • With personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality

With initiative and judgment to organize the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well-defined parameters

Minimum Admission Requirements

Primary level qualification, junior secondary qualification, KCSE  E, KCE Div. IV,  or completion of  KNQA level 3

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is:

600 Hours or 60 Credits or a minimum of 6 Months after level 2

OR 30 credits after level 3

Purpose

The level qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  will have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesize and act on information from a range of sources
  • Cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
  • Specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives

Communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialized skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • To transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
  • With personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality

With initiative and judgment to organize the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well-defined parameters

Minimum Admission Requirements

Primary Education, junior secondary education, KNQA level 1 &2

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is:

300 Hours or 30 Credits or a minimum of 3 Months after level 2

Purpose

The level qualifies individuals to undertake mainly routine work and as a pathway to further learning

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  will have basic factual, technical and  procedural knowledge in a defined area of work and learning

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Cognitive skills to access, record and act on a defined range of information from a
  • Range of sources
  • Cognitive and communication skills to apply and communicate known solutions
  • To a limited range of predictable problems
  • Technical skills to use a limited range of equipment to complete tasks involving known routines and procedures with a limited range of options

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With some accountability for the quality of own outcomes and some responsibility for own outputs in work and learning
  • With limited autonomy and judgment in the completion of own defined and routine tasks in known and stable contexts

With limited autonomy and judgments to complete routine but variable tasks in collaboration with others in a team environment

Minimum Admission Requirements

Primary certificate (KNQF level 1)

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is:

KNQF level 1 or 6 years of primary Education

Purpose

The level individuals with basic functional knowledge and skills to undertake work, further learning and community involvement

Knowledge

Graduates at this level  I will have basic fundamental  knowledge and understanding ina narrow area of work and learning

Skills

Graduates at this level  will have:

  • Basic skills to participate in everyday life and further learning
  • Cognitive and communication skills to receive, pass on and recall information in a narrow range of areas

Technical skills involving the use of tools appropriate to the activity and use of basic communication technologies

Competence

Graduates at this level  will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With some autonomy in defined contexts and within established parameters

In contexts that may include preparation for further learning, life activities and/or a variety of initial routine and predictable work-related activities including participation in a team or work group

Minimum Admission Requirements

The minimum volume of learning is Birth certificate

Minimum Volume of learning

The minimum volume of learning is Birth certificate and a minimum duration of 6 Years

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